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Harry Murphy
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Bill Abbott also gives his workshop notes on "THE THING" away at no cost.

https://billabbottmagic.com/collections/......otes-pdf
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On Apr 28, 2006, Marvello wrote:
Doees anyone have any ideas where to get a suitable zombie ball for not much $?


Search for a 4 to 6 inch Northlight Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornament. Matte ones can be used directly. Glitter ones need to have a spray of clear coat so they don't shed glitter.

http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Splendo......1M3XVN0S
http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Hologra......6Y6Q61JC
http://www.amazon.com/Northlight-Turquoi......1M4QM0TU

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Another very cheap option is to do the floating candle. Simply take a cardboard tube, put a tea candle in end, and wrap it in wax paper. Start by lighting it, float it lit with silk in front, blow it out, and have it float under silk. You can make a double just out of candle and wax paper and vanish it ala wand shell. Great for Halloween, Harry Potter, and other themed shows.
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Hi Marvello, I admire your spunk and diy spirit. I misunderstood you, kind of, when you said you were looking for making a toilet float. Then I realized you were just looking to use the float. But what if you made a toilet float?You would be the only magician in the world. Plus with a pretty girl on it. It could be something that could start a Vegas Act. hehe.

But I want to encourage you because that idea of making something, for magic, often can be a somewhat tiring road, but ..... THE REWARDS CAN BE GREAT!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!
ringmaster
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Make a two finger control, it gives much more control and doesn't strain your hand as much.
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I ran across toilet bowl floats that are copper color foam.

Just visit some stores to find them, they are very cheap as well.
Michael Baker
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A good source for plastic balls is Dollar Tree. When they start stocking Christmas stuff, grab a few. You can't beat the price.

Regarding the toilet float, it is my understanding, based on stories told by older magicians, whether true or not, that Joe Karson invented the Zombie by playing around with a toilet float and a bath towel. I heard that it started as a joke when he came out of a bathroom and did it to fool other magicians who were there.
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Did they have Toilets then ? Not an outhouse??
Michael Baker
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Karson patented the Zombie in 1940. Side valve flush toilets have been around for more than 100 years.
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On Apr 29, 2006, Marvello wrote:
I agree that $22.50 is cheap, but so far I only have $1.75 invested in the working gimmick, and if I can get a foam ball/ornament and paint for a few bucks I would rather take that remaining $15 and buy something I can't make easily, or put it toward soem cloth for a foulard.

I really like the idea of building as many props as I can myself.

Thanks for the ideas - I will look at Michael's


I understand. Sometimes I'll spend MORE making my own prop than it would cost to purchase it.

I'm super intrigued by your first idea of making it out of a Styrofoam ball. This probably isn't the most practical way to do it, but it certainly is a fun problem to solve!

I've been picturing a glassy black onyx like ball since I read your post yesterday.

I think the first thing that needs done is to fill all of the little creases, dimples and divots then sanding it smooth. A light and airy wood putty might work for this?

After that, it's just a coat of paint and some sort of shiny lacquer finish.

I'm juggling a bunch of projects right now, but I think this would be quick. Let me know if you'd like for me to test it out. I've already got all of the materials except for the Styrofoam ball.
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countrymaven
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JUst an idea. ad a neo, strong magnet to the gimmick.
have a few steel pieces inside the ball or whatever you want to float.
now you can have an examinable ball, etc... that floats... plus the gimmick can be ditched on a steel holdout inside your coat, or behind the table.... just saying
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